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Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington (as Joyce H. Corrington)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Baron Manfred von Richthofen
Don Stroud ... Roy Brown
Barry Primus ... Hermann Goering
Corin Redgrave ... Major Lanoe Hawker VC
Karen Ericson ... Ilse (as Karen Huston)
Hurd Hatfield ... Anthony Fokker
Stephen McHattie ... Werner Voss
Brian Foley Brian Foley ... Lothar von Richthofen
Robert La Tourneaux ... Ernest Udet
Peter Masterson ... Major Oswald Boelke
Clint Kimbrough Clint Kimbrough ... Major von Höppner
Tom Adams ... Owen
Ferdy Mayne ... Richthofen's father
David Weston ... Murphy
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... Thompson
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Storyline

World War I: an allied squadron and a German squadron face off daily in the skies. Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, leads one, and, although one of his decisions cost the life of his predecessor, he expects his men to honor codes of conduct. The allied squad has similar class divisions: its colonel, an aristocrat, laments that men he considers peasants are now fliers, including a cynical and ruthless Canadian, Roy Brown, the squad's ace. As the tactics of both sides break more rules and become more destructive, the Baron must decide if he is a soldier first or part of the ruling class. He and Brown have two aerial battles, trivial in the larger scheme yet tragic. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On April 21, 1918, the Red Baron of Germany and the Black Sheep of the R.A.F. met in the skies of France for the last time! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war action violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Baron See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Corman Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While the dogfights were shot in Ireland over a two-week period using actual vintage planes, the crash sequences were filmed at Andrews Air Force base in a single day, using models assembled by a group of teenaged hobbyists Roger Corman happened across while scouting locations. See more »

Goofs

Both the German and British troops fighting to recover the Baron are armed with British SMLE's. The Germans should have been using Gewehr 98's. The notable difference being the SMLE has a protruding box magazine. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: You started the war as a cavalry officer, yeah?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: Yeah.
Reporter: So, now, how does it feel to fly? To fight in the sky?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: My ancestors were Teutonic knights; I've merely exchanged my horse for an airplane.
Reporter: [laughing] I see, so the flying is just a means to an end?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: The flying is wonderful! But it's the hunt that I find most satisfying: the stalking, the chase, and finally the kill. The climax.
Reporter: Oh, so you enjoy it sir?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: What should I say? War is the father of nations. It makes them slaves or it makes them free....
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Crazy Credits

The name of the German ace that brought Richthofen into his squadron at the beginning of the film was spelled wrongly as "Boelke" in the credits. His name was Oswald BOELCKE. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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Good adventure film based on the famous WW1 aces
23 August 2011 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

An entertaining movie about the World War I exploits of the ace German pilot Manfred Von Richthofen's (aka, the Red Baron) and his main opponent, Canada's Arthur Brown.

The aristocratic Von Richthofen is so honor bound that he refuses to use camouflage paint on his planes, because "a gentleman should never hide from his enemies" and instead paints them with the brightest colors. The pragmatic, no-nonsense Brown, instead, does not believe in honor or chivalry: he just wants to win.

I can't vouch for the complete historical authenticity of this movie – to mention just one instance, the actor portraying Hermann Goering looks nothing at all like the future Reichsmarshall, and his role in the flying circus was not as prominent as the movie implies. But as an entertainment (by the well known horror low budget film director Roger Corman) this movie is certainly well done. Sure, there is some corny dialogue here and there, and having Von Richthofen speak English in the movie with a heavy German accent was probably not the best idea, but the magnificent shots of period planes fighting in the air over the patchwork fields below separated by hedgerows (shot in 1971 with fearless stunt men, well before digital imagery started appearing in films) more than makes up for this movie's shortcomings. The great color photography is another plus.


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